Naturalists call for action to stop dangerous Amherst Island wind power project

From the Association to Protect Amherst Island is this call for help.

Call to Action – Nature Canada and Kingston Field Naturalists seek support to stop turbine project on Amherst Island

June 28, 2015

Category: Uncategorized

Kingston Field Naturalists
Nature Canada

Dear Friend,

A 27-turbine wind power project proposed for internationally recognized Amherst Island, an Important Bird Area near Kingston Ontario, may be approved soon by the Ontario government.

The many Species at Risk on Amherst Island include birds (Short-eared Owl, Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark, Eastern Whip-poo-rwill, Barn Swallow, Golden Eagle, Least Bittern, and Red Knot), Blanding’s Turtles, and Milk and Ribbon Snakes.

Amherst Island has an international reputation as one of the most outstanding places in North America to see concentrations of northern owls and is an important stopover for bats on their migratory path across Lake Ontario. Bats are becoming endangered in many places and in April 2015, Canada, the United States and Mexico signed an agreement to protect the pathways of migratory bats.

A wind turbine installation on this small island, as learned from the nearby Wolfe Island installation, would result in loss of habitat for Short-eared Owl and serious and irreversible harm to local populations of Bobolinks, Barn Swallows and Eastern Meadowlarks, and to breeding population of Red-tailed Hawk, breeding and roosting Purple Martins, and Osprey. Additionally significant breeding population of Blanding’s Turtle, Wilson’s Phalarope and Whip-poor-wills are also at risk. No one is considering the cumulative impact of this project and the many others that are operational or proposed for this important migration route on the vulnerable populations of birds and other wildlife.

More information about the Project and the Island can be found at: www.protectamherstisland.ca

This might the last opportunity to convince the Province to make the right decision and put an end to this project before it enters the expensive and draining cycle of legal challenges. It is time that Ontario’s green energy policy is balanced with its international obligations to protect biodiversity and that decision makers demonstrate genuine respect for the wishes of the overwhelming majority of community members. Please send letters to those listed below, asking that the wind-turbine project for Amherst Island be stopped completely – and permanently:

Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne, premier@ontario.ca

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray, minister.moe@ontario.ca

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, Bill Mauro, minister.mnr@ontario.ca

Director, MOECC, Sarah Paul sarah.paul@ontario.ca

Senior Project Evaluator, MOECC, Susanne Edwards, susanne.edwards@ontario.ca

CC Association to Protect Amherst Island protectai@kos.net

Thank you,

Kingston Field Naturalists and Nature Canada

 

WCO note: we suggest also sending a note to your local field naturalists’ organization to alert them to this situation, if they are not already aware, and to any nature/wildlife/birding columnists in your local newspaper

Site plan map of Amherst Island:

Comments

Andre Lauzon
Reply

Don’t expect the Liberal gov’t will do something right, honest and in the interest of the people. They (the Liberal clique) think of themselves and their bank account.. WHO voted for them????

Barbara
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Have you considered asking the Audubon Society for assistance? Migratory birds are involved in this situation.

Barbara
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And no one caught on to the meaning of the question proposed above?

Tracy
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Same old song and dance. Birds, bats, people..it doesn’t matter. THEY DON’T CARE. You are wasting your time people. How long has this gone on? How many times do I have to hear this? Why do I even bother to stay connected? Hope I guess.
Your little passive approach to righteousness will get you no where Ontario. Big wind and government are laughing their asses off all the way to the bank.
How would one describe Ontarians in general?
Shaking my head. Hey Esther, I’m getting out!! “F” you Kathleen. Woot!!

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